Recession Obsession: Ricky's Fish Tacos

Recession Obsession: Ricky's Fish Tacos by Caleb Bacon
Mmm.. Vietnamese Catfish Fried and Battered | Photo By Caleb Bacon (@thecalebbacon) for LAist

A Recession Obsession is, 1) a meal so great that it sticks in your mind long after digestion's end, and, 2) plays nice with your sensitive wallet. Is there a better place than Los Angeles to eat a wide variety of amazing food that so happens to be inexpensive? Probably not. We're as lucky as we are well fed. We last obsessed over Capitol Burgers. Today we obsess...

We’ve obsessed over fish tacos before. We’re doing it again because the recession is still on and, fact, fish tacos are delicious. Let’s head to Sunset Junction (even when there's not an overcrowded music festival taking place) —

“HOLA A TODOS,” begins each Tweet from the titular proprietor of Ricky’s Fish Tacos. This GREETING is jovial and welcoming because Ricky’s excited. He knows mouths are about to pleased. Positive proof on Ricky’s Fish Tacos (or “RFT” if you’re pretentious) can be found scrawled across many blogs and Yelp reviews.

His Twitter presence means that it’s Saturday or Sunday and he’s serving up some almost-famous fish tacos. He typically sets up shop in Silver Lake. Hey, not all food vendors who use Twitter have wheels.

$2.50 buys a large fish taco. I require two of these grand Vietnamese Catfish delights. Made to order, you can expect hot freshness. I’m not sure what’s in the light colored batter, but it fries up for a pretty perfect Baja experience.

The cabbage slaw is homemade and so are the red or green salsas. Crema is, of course, available too. It's all good in Ricky's hood. It’s simple. It’s delicious. It’s a great weekend lunch for $5.